Those of us in the tri-state area are familiar with many local businesses that were severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. High-end waterfront diner Skylark on the Hudson in the Newport neighborhood of Jersey City, NJ, is no stranger to the adversity caused by Sandy. The restaurant had to temporarily close to undergo a number of renovations to repair the water damage it received from the storm.
However, it’s not about how many times you fall but rather how you get back up again. And that’s just what Skylark has done! As retail and restaurant life has been slowly reviving along the Hudson River, owner and restaurateur Constantine Katsifis took this temporary closing as an opportunity to revamp the restaurant with not only a refreshed menu but also a new chef, Darryl Harmon. Hailing from South Jersey, Chef Harmon will be taking his local Jersey roots and culinary skills to another level by enhancing Skylark’s farm-to-table menu, which supports area farms by using their in-season fruits and vegetables. Already known for its use of fresh ingredients, Skylark is paying a larger homage to its home state by becoming even more adamant about using products from local farms to support the NJ community, especially along the coast of the Jersey Shore.
“We have updated our cuisine with uniquely styled dishes, accentuating flavor-forward food created by our Executive Chef Darryl Harmon. With a nod to the Jersey shore, Chef Harmon has managed to use his skills and taken a well thought out approach and twist to traditional American cuisine,” said a representative from Skylark.
Skylark on the Hudson reopened its doors on January 15th and is celebrating its grand re-opening through the end of February. If you need more of a reason to visit than fresh “fine diner” food in a relaxed, inviting waterfront space, then stop by to check out its Happy Hour special every weekday from 4 to 7pm, featuring $4, $5, and $6 beer, wine, and specialty cocktails and half price on all of the “share plates” from the menu. Plus, I hear that Skylark has quite the extensive drink list!
And if you’re a vegetarian, you’ll be happy to know that Skylark’s new menu offers an entire section of Vegetarian Share dishes.
Skylark on the Hudson is located at 25 River Drive South in Jersey City, NJ, 07310. For restaurant hours as well as delivery and online ordering options, visit their website: http://skylarkonthehudson.com/
Disclosure: Skylark has offered me the opportunity to try out their new menu but any opinions here are my own.